World Cup Daily: Argentina’s excitement turns Group C upside down

When we went into the playlist on Tuesday, most people had Argentina and Poland drawn into the round of 16 because of their superstar strikers, Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski. At the end of the day there was only one point between Argentina and Poland.

Here’s everything that happened today at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi (left) and Argentina’s Rodrigo De Paul react during the World Cup Group C soccer match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar, Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Argentina is still alive and kicking after Tuesday’s shocking result in the tournament. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends La Albiceleste.

History teaches us that getting through the group stage after losing your first game is incredibly difficult, let alone winning the World Cup – only Spain (2010) managed the latter. Argentina’s next opponent Mexico and Poland are beatable, but as we saw on Tuesday, so is Argentina.

This is not all good news for Saudi Arabia either. Ironically, there could be even more pressure to get results against Mexico and Poland than before now that qualifying for the knockout rounds is a real possibility. But for now, Saudi Arabia is reeling in the fact that they have defeated one of the tournament favorites and arguably the greatest player of all time.

if Denmark is truly a blank slate to win the tournament, it didn’t look like it on Tuesday. Had it not been for an incredible save Kasper Schmeichel, it would have gone into his game against France (11 a.m. ET on FS1 and the FOX Sports App) requires all three points. Dark horse or not, Denmark will need to do better in their last two games to avoid a potential tiebreak Tunisia or Australia on the final day of the group.

Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa leaves the field after the World Cup Group C soccer match between Mexico and Poland at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, November 22, 2022.

Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa leaves the field after the World Cup Group C soccer match between Mexico and Poland at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Although it was technically a goalless draw on neutral ground, it’s safe to say that Mexico’s fans will remember Tuesday’s game better than Poland’s. Not only Note Ochoa Block professional goalscorer Robert Lewandowski from the penalty spot, but the Mexican fans made Stadion 974 sound like Estadio Azteca. That’s the kind of momentum you want as a team that has to face a motivated Lionel Messi on Saturday.

France's Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring against Australia during the World Cup Group D soccer match between France and Australia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Tuesday November 22, 2022.

France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring against Australia during the World Cup Group D soccer match between France and Australia at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Tuesday November 22, 2022.
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Australia opened the scoring in the ninth minute on Tuesday, but France quickly responded with two of their own and added two more in the second half. In France’s two goals, 36-year-old Oliver Giroud scored, and his second goal made him Les Bleus‘ along with Thierry Henry, the all-time top scorer.

With a win over Australia and a goalless draw in the first leg of Group C, France are alone at the top of their group. Barring something unforeseen, it should be the first nation since 2006 to qualify for the knockout stages after winning the previous World Cup.

GOAL OF THE DAY

The only thing more special than Saudi Arabia’s win over Argentina was the goal that sealed it for them.

SUPPORT OF THE DAY

It’s not that the assist itself was spectacular – France had two more such assists against Australia. It’s like Ousmane Dembele freed himself to get the ball over Kylian Mbappe. If Dembele is healthy then he is a threat from these positions.

SAVE THE DAY

every four years, Note Ochoa gets called into the World Cup squad and makes the most ridiculous saves. On Tuesday, his legend continued with the first save from a penalty without a shoot-out since 1966 by a Mexican goalkeeper. “San Memo”, indeed.

MOMENT YOU MUST SEE

Argentina almost salvaged a point from the clash with Saudi Arabia, however Abdullah Al-Amri turned off Julian Alvarez Attempt from the goal line with the head.

Given the size of the win that followed, there was no bigger game that day.

What’s at stake tomorrow

Lukas Modric was the worthy winner of the Golden Ball at the 2018 World Cup. Can he regain that magic? Croatia at 37? We’ll find out on Wednesday.

Germany are back at the World Cup after being eliminated in the group stage in 2014. Even with key players such as Marco Reus and Timo Werner injured, they will be a danger to make a deep run in the tournament. sleep no more Japan either but; The Samurai Blue are always competitive at the tournament.

Spain will herald a new generation against Costa Rica Led by the stars of FC Barcelona Pedri, Gavi and Ansu Fati. We’ll see if this lack of World Cup experience hurts La Roja in any way.

Belgium and Croatia are the safe bets to make it out of Group F, however Canada will be hungry for his first World Cup appearance since 1986. Danger! Alfonso Davies on the left side of the field.

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